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Accessibility Statement

This website has been built with the intention of making the content accessible to the widest range of visitors, regardless of disability or impairment. This has been achieved by endeavouring to adhere to best practices, - such as compliance with W3C standards.

This website features “access keys”. These are shortcuts which allow you to get to certain parts of a web site quickly. They help you if you have difficulties using a mouse or prefer to use shortcuts.

Access Keys

Some browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press the ‘alt’ key and the access key, followed by the 'enter' key; on Macintosh, you can press the ‘ctrl’ key and the access key.

Please note: access keys are not supported by all browsers.

ACCESS KEYS include:

M - Theme change to: Moon
S - Theme change to: Stars
U - Theme change to: Sunrise
H - Home
F - Flash
V - Video
C - CSS
I - Images
P - Puzzle
R - RSS Feeds
E - SEO
Y - YouTube Clips
T - T and Cs
L - Location
A - Accessibility

eg: To return to the Home page for a Windows user: Press the [ Alt-key] and [H ] keys together. Release and then press [ Enter ].

The legal obligations for Website Accessibility

The Disability Discrimination Act was introduced in 1995 to resolve issues of discrimination faced by disabled people.

A legal requirement for websites to be made accessible to disabled people came into effect on 1st October 1999. On 27th May 2002 a related Code of Practice was published.

The design and implementation of a website should meet the needs of disabled people so that they can participate in employment and education or make use of this service. The web promises an idea of universal access, - a place where everyone is truly equal.

Stop Designs will endeavour to take care in the design of its websites to meet the needs of those who are visually impaired, deaf and people with motor or cognitive disabilities.

Legal case:- Maguire vs. SOCOG

In June 1999, Bruce Maguire submitted a complaint in Australia with the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission under the Disability Discrimination Act. His complaint concerned the Website of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG), which he alleged was inaccessible to him as a blind person.

Bruce Maguire argued that significant parts of the website, Olympics.com, were inaccessible to him.

On 24 August 2000, the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission released its decision and supported Maguire’s complaint, ordering certain access provisions to be introduced on the Olympics.com site by 15 September 2000. SOCOG ignored the ruling and was subsequently fined A$20,000.

Links

Bullet Point Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - Web Access Centre
Bullet Point Equality and Human Rights Commission - Website accessibility guidance.
Bullet Point Wave Check - Website accessibility check